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DATE=10/20/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDONESIA PRESIDENT L-ONLY NUMBER=2-255280 BYLINE=GARY THOMAS DATELINE=JAKARTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: VOICED AT: /// Updates CR 2-255268, New slug, new violence in intro, cuts 2nd graf after actuality. Eng Eds: cut tape to conform to text. /// INTRO: Indonesia has elected a prominent moderate Muslim leader President Abdurrahman Wahid (of the Nation Awakening Party P-K-B). But his victory over populist candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri has sparked deadly violence in the streets of Jakarta. A series of explosions and clashes with police have left at least one person dead and several others injured. V-O-A Correspondent Gary Thomas reports from Jakarta, the new president is calling for reconciliation. TEXT: Abdurrahman Wahid, once considered a long shot candidate, had a surprising win Wednesday when the Peoples' Consultative Assembly chose him over presumed frontrunner Megawati Sukarnoputri, by a convincing margin of 373 to 313. The Assembly made its choice after a political roller coaster ride (confusing process, quickly changing) that saw candidates dropping in and out, amid intense political maneuvering. Upon winning Mr. Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, immediately reached out for reconciliation with his popular rival, Ms. Megawati. /// WAHID ACT W/INTERPRETER /// I would like to submit my profound gratitude to those who have made it possible for the presidential election to proceed freely and orderly. I am here with Ibu Megawati to celebrate our victory and our democracy. Our second independence since our founding president, Sukarno, planted our flag upon our soil. I have great appreciation and great respect for Ibu Megawati. She must be respected for her role in all this. /// END ACT /// The party led by Ms. Megawati, daughter of the late president Sukarno, won the most seats in parliamentary elections earlier this year. But she did not win a majority and lacked the additional support needed in the electoral assembly to gain the presidency. President B-J Habibie, running as the candidate of the ruling Golkar party, abruptly dropped out of the race in the predawn hours Wednesday after the assembly -- in what amounted to a no-confidence vote -- rejected his account of his stewardship. Golkar put up another nominee, but suddenly withdrew his name and said it would throw its support to someone else. Golkar has the second-largest number of seats in the Assembly and it is presumed that Golkar threw its support to Mr. Wahid, whose party was in fourth place. /// OPT ///Another Muslim party candidate entered the race for a few hours, but dropped out just before the balloting. /// END OPT /// A vote will be taken on Thursday to select a Vice President. That ballot assumes increased importance because of Mr. Wahid's frail health. He suffered a stroke and is nearly blind. (SIGNED) NEB/GPT/JO 20-Oct-1999 10:58 AM EDT (20-Oct-1999 1458 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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